Mini-Review: Mistress America

Mistress America

R, 84 Minutes, 2015

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About:
 Ready to explore adulthood, a smart, but naive college freshman becomes dazzled by her worldy, ambitious, but self-absored soon-to-be step-sister.

Starring: Greta Gerwig as poster child of today’s 30-year-old, Lola Kirke at poster child of who we want to imagine 18-year-olds are today

Directed: Noah Baumbach (of talky, angst ridden, hyper contemporary movies like Frances Ha and While We’re Young)

Best Thing About It: Very witty dialogue with good laughs

Worst Thing About It: Dialogue all feels manufactured by excellent writers (Baumbach and Gerwig). None of it feels like things people would actually say, but what they wish they had said.

Oddest Thing About It: Great New York City piece, but as I am neither 18 or 30, I have no idea how real it is. But it sure looks cool.

Overall: Of-the-moment film with winning and complicated parts by leads. More interesting than the plot summary leads you to believe.

Rating: 2 ½ RaMaKs

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Mini-Review: Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation

Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation

PG-13, 131 Minutes

missionimpossibleroguenationStarring: Tom Cruise at his charismatic best, Jeremy Renner as Throwaway Second Fiddle, Simon Pegg as Comic Relief, Rebecca Ferguson as New Girl, and Ving Rhames as I am the 1 Black Person in each of the 5 films

Best Thing About It: Ridiculous over-the-top students (and knowing Cruise did his own stunt work)

Worst Thing About It: Prime Minister’s being the only voice for the Red Box. What if there were new elections?

Oddest Thing About It: How much Rebecca Ferguson looks like previous M:I star Michelle Monaghan. Ethan Hunt has a type.

Overall: High-octane and lots of fun. A great popcorn film amazing carried once again by 53-year-old cruise

Rating: 3 ½ RaMaKs

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